Ukraine explained the nuances of the termination of railway communication with Russia

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The Ukrainian authorities plan to discontinue passenger-only railway communication with Russia. On Tuesday, August 7, the Minister of infrastructure Vladimir Omelian, reports “Interfax”.

“We have prepared a number of countermeasures regarding what is happening from the Russian Federation in the occupied territories (Kiev considers the uncontrolled territory of Donbass occupied by Russia — approx. “Of the tape.ru”) and in the Azov sea. (…). We want it to be rendered in the plane of the government or of the national security Council and defense of Ukraine, so the decision was taken at the state level,” he said.

Omeljan stressed that the restrictions will not touch the freight traffic with Russia. “Cargo message there is a problem not only in the fact that [Ukrainian railway operator] “Ukrzaliznytsya” will lose significant revenues in its budget, but also with international law, in particular, with the commitments that Ukraine undertook in the framework of the world trade organization. And so now we study, but do not promote it”, — assured the Minister.

He also said that the Ministry of infrastructure has already established their plans and submitted them for consideration to the Cabinet of Ministers.

That Kiev is considering the termination of railway communication with Moscow, the Minister said on 6 August. In December he expressed the hope that “Ukrzaliznytsia” will be able to make a decision on this issue in 2018.

In may 2017, the newspaper “Kommersant” reported that the Kiev authorities are preparing to cease passenger railway communication with Russia since July 1 of the same year. Omeljan such information was denied, but stressed that, in his opinion, “any communication with Russia should have long block”.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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